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Columbia Property Trust Completes Acquisition of Historic New York Times Building for $516 Million

August 04, 2015 12:00 AM

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Columbia Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:CXP) announced it has completed the acquisition of the 481,110-square-foot Class-A office portion of the historic New York Times Building, a 16-story, 731,596-square-foot building located at 229 West 43rd Street in the Times Square submarket of Manhattan, for $516 million.

The acquisition was funded with borrowings under Columbia’s $500 million unsecured credit facility and a $300 million unsecured bridge loan that bears interest at LIBOR plus 110 basis points and matures in February 2016, with one six-month extension option. The acquisition brings Columbia’s portfolio to approximately 69% CBD and 79% multi-tenant and its exposure to high-barrier markets to 52%, all based on annualized lease revenue.

“With a dramatically improved portfolio, a strong balance sheet, and existing presence in New York, we were well positioned to be opportunistic on this acquisition,” said Nelson Mills, President and CEO of Columbia Property Trust. “It’s a great addition to the portfolio and provides a source of stable cash flows and diversification to complement our other properties in Manhattan at 222 East 41st Street and 315 Park Avenue South.”

About Columbia Property Trust

Columbia Property Trust (NYSE: CXP) is a real estate investment trust that owns and operates Class-A office buildings concentrated in CBD locations, with over half its portfolio in high-barrier-to-entry primary markets. As of August 4, 2015, CXP’s $5+ billion portfolio consists of 28 office properties containing 13.9 million square feet plus one hotel, and its largest markets are San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C. For more information about Columbia Property Trust, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements:

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Columbia Property Trust, Inc.
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Jim Fleming, 404-465-2200

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